Christian politician: defend burka like you defend the cross - Marcus Jones



A Christian MSP has suggested we should defend the right of Muslim women to wear the burka in the same way we defend the right of Christians to wear a cross.
Ruth Davidson - who's the leader of the Scottish Conservatives - has been speaking out following the comments by Boris Johnson.
Speaking to the Telegraph, she said: "If you use the analogy of Christianity, would you ever write in the Telegraph that you should have a debate about banning Christians from wearing crucifixes?
"It's the same argument but it's in a different faith so why are the parameters different for one faith and not the other?"



She was speaking after the former foreign secretary compared the burka to a letter box and women who wear it to bank robbers.
He's since been asked to apologise by Prime Minister Theresa May.
With no apology forthcoming, founder and president of the Conservative Muslim Forum Lord Sheikh told the BBC the party should take "severe action" against Mr Johnson.
Prominent backbench eurosceptic Jacob Rees-Mogg said there was no need for Mr Johnson to apologise.
Asked about Mrs May's handling of the controversy, Mr Rees-Mogg told LBC radio: "She's clearly wrong to have asked him to have apologised. It's not the job of the Prime Minister to tell backbenchers what to do.

"We are not bound by collective responsibility or that type of discipline and it is the wrong approach to party discipline."
An imam who has previously criticised the burka said Mr Johnson should not "apologise for telling the truth".
In a letter to The Times, Taj Hargey of the Oxford Islamic Congregation said there was "no Koranic legitimacy" for the burka, which he said had been used as part of a "gateway theology for religious extremism and militant Islam".
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